March 2020
ECA’s Collaboratory, in collaboration with Consulate General Tijuana, hosted a State Department panel at San Diego Comic Con for the third year in a row in 2019, and is looking to expand cooperation with SDCC to engage more audiences globally. Representatives from ECA and the Bureau of Oceans and International Environment and Scientific Affairs have followed up on State’s panels at SDCC by conducting the first-ever department panel at AwesomeCon, D.C.’s annual comic book convention in April last year.
July 29, 2019
ECA's 22.33 podcast is selected as podcast of the week on the innovative podcasting platform Bullhorn.
July 24, 2019
Local news media in Mexico cover a panel on comic books and public diplomacy hosted by the U.S. Consulate Tijuana and ECA's Collaboratory during the 2019 edition of San Diego Comic-Con International.
July 24, 2019
ECA's Collaboratory partners with the Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) to develop an innovative pilot program to document cultural heritage at Nan Madol in Micronesia, an abandoned city of islets built on a coral reef flat that was the center of Pohnpeian civilization until the seventeenth century.
July 17, 2019
The ECA Collaboratory partners with U.S. Consulate General Kolkata to support a pilot project called “Ending Human Trafficking in India, One Story at a Time.”
July 10, 2019
ECA's 22.33 podcast is added to the University of Southern California's PD Hub, the world’s largest online library of public diplomacy scholarship and resources, including books, articles, speeches, news, blog posts, videos, and podcasts.
July 3, 2019
The ECA Collaboratory partners with the Bureau of Oceans and International Environment and Scientific Affairs (OES) to host a panel at Comic-Con in San Diego on the intersection between popular arts, science, comics, culture, and diplomacy.
June 27, 2019
The PIE News, the leading digital publication for professionals working in international education, reports that the 22.33 podcast will be renewed for a second season to continue showcasing life changing stories from ECA's international exchange alumni.
April 3, 2019
The Star Tribune, the largest newspaper in Minnesota, reported on the ECA Collaboratory’s podcast 22.33 and an episode featuring local restaurateur and perennial James Beard nominee Lenny Russo, who visited Slovenia as part of an American Chef Corps.
March 6, 2019
ECA’s Collaboratory helps bring American authors and writers to Eritrea through the Lines & Spaces Creative Writing Workshop, where they engaged with Eritrean writers in cultural and educational activities.
March 5, 2019
The ECA Collaboratory, in partnership with ECA’s Cultural Programs Division, the University of Iowa, and U.S. Embassy Asmara, supported the first international writer's program in Eritrea.
February 20, 2019
The ECA Collaboratory’s podcast, 22.33, was highlighted by the Defense Language and National Security Educational Office (DLNSEO) within the Department of Defense (DoD) as a valuable tool to enable a total force to be ready and adept at interacting across any culture.
February 11, 2019
The ECA Collaboratory launched a new podcast called 22.33 which features first-person narratives stories from people who have been impacted by ECA exchange programs.
February 5, 2019
The State Department’s Office of the Spokesperson released a media note on a new podcast project from the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs.
January 29, 2019
ECA’s Collaboratory designed and funded an innovative pilot program that expanded on an existing U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation grant to conserve the World Heritage Site Nan Madol.
November 1, 2018
ECA’s Collaboratory is highlighted in the latest issue of State Magazine, a digital magazine published by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Human Resources.
October 11, 2018
The ECA Collaboratory coordinated a panel at Comic-Con to showcase the State Department’s use of popular art in public diplomacy programs.
October 9, 2018
ECA’s Collaboratory partners with Ashoka’s Youth Venture and #MeWe International to launch several storytelling pilot programs in Quito, Mexico City, Tegucigalpa, Dushanbe, and Chisinau.
August 27, 2018
The ECA Collaboratory partnered with Ashoka Youth Venture and #MeWe International to pilot a storytelling project across five countries that focused on local at-risk youth communities.
March 28, 2018
ECA’s Collaboratory pilots a virtual book club program model connecting STEM clubs from around the world with students in the U.S. to jointly read the best-selling book Hidden Figures.
February 21, 2018
ECA’s Collaboratory teams up with American Corner Pistoia to launch the U.S.-Italy Robotics Virtual Exchange pilot program.
December 18, 2017
The ECA Collaboratory successfully completes the first Connect Camp in Ethiopia, where participants developed their leadership and mentoring skills, facilitated collaborative projects, and learned how to design community-oriented enterprises.
September 25, 2017
ECA Collaboratory staff meet with visitors from Nigeria who visited Washington D.C. as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
August 3, 2017
ECA’s Collaboratory coordinates a speaker panel on “Comics and Animation Ambassadors to the Rescue” at Comic-Con International in San Diego, the globally renowned comic arts annual convention.
November 23, 2016
The ECA Collaboratory MOOC Camp initiative is discussed in the book, “International Education Exchanges and Intercultural Understanding: Promoting Peace and Global Relations”.
June 23, 2016
The U.S Department of State and ECA’s Collaboratory help connect Coursera for Refugees with eligible nonprofit organizations in their network to host in-person facilitation of online courses, targeted specifically at communities with significant refugee populations.
June 20, 2017
The U.S Department of State and ECA’s Collaboratory partner with Coursera to provide online education at no cost to refugees around the world.
November 4, 2016
The ECA Collaboratory MOOC Camp initiative is discussed in the book, “Nontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy: Past, Present, and Future”.
June 20, 2016
The U.S. Department of State and ECA’s Collaboratory partner with Coursera to provide refugees with free in-person access to courses and facilitation at U.S. embassies and consulates.
June 20, 2016
The U.S Department of State and ECA’s Collaboratory in partnership with Coursera launch a new initiative in honor of World Refugee Day.
January 20, 2016
How the ECA Collaboratory uses human-centered design to create feedback loops for improving public diplomacy programs.
October 26, 2015
New innovation lab, the Collaboratory, in the State Department’s Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, creates more opportunities for connecting people through technology.
October 19, 2015
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Education, and the ECA Collaboratory at the U.S. Department of State co-host workshop to promote open educational resources for access to quality education.
September 14, 2015
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) alumna uses human-centered design at the State Department’s ECA Collaboratory.
September 10, 2015
The ECA Collaboratory at the U.S. Department of State Partners with the Rhode Island School of Design to launch the Institute for Design and Public Policy.
April 18, 2015
The ECA Collaboratory partners with the U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam & Ohio University to give 160 young African leaders and future leaders in eight YALI Connect Camps the opportunity to collaborate, learn, experience, and interact with U.S. and African resource experts and with each other.
March 1, 2015
The ECA Collaboratory partners with Ohio University’s Institute for International Journalism to launch YALI Connect Camps.
November 5, 2014
RISD Fellow and the Collaboratory lead human-centered design workshops at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
October 18, 2014
How the ECA Collaboratory designs, pilots, and spreads new ways to further educational and cultural diplomacy.
September 18, 2014
The Institute for International Journalism receives a grant from the ECA Collaboratory at the U.S. Department of State to provide training to young African leaders.
July 21, 2014
The ECA Collaboratory uses both high-tech and low-tech approaches to enhance the State Department’s educational and cultural programs.
July 10, 2014
The ECA Collaboratory partners with NASA to take students on a virtual field trip to Mars.
June 26, 2014
The ECA Collaboratory’s Director named e-Diplomat of the Month for her application of technology for public diplomacy efforts.
June 5, 2014
Visit Mars with NASA, the ECA Collaboratory, and Google’s Mission Mars virtual field trip.
May 2, 2014
The U.S. Department of State’s ECA Collaboratory partners with NASA for the first international virtual field trip to Mars to inspire future astronauts.
April 21, 2014
To celebrate National Science Week, the State Department’s ECA Collaboratory partnered with NASA’s Digital Learning Network to take students around the world on a virtual field trip to Mars.
March 27, 2014
The State Department’s newest innovation lab, the ECA Collaboratory, reaches new audiences through technology and creative partnerships.


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